I have heard the Brits complain about the Spanish style of play. The Spanish do occassionally resort to (usually poor) demonstrations of theatrics in order to get a call to go their way. Frequent falling to the ground for dubious reasons means they are looked upon as sissy-boys by their sturdier, Northern neighbours. The English - inventors of this worldwide game - have not evolved in style of play. Watch an English game, and you find yourself back in the 60's. the German national team deserves a sincere pat on the back for proving it is possible for a team to consciously change styles. Between 2006 and 2010, the Germans went from oafish bullies (a la English) to class acts; whilst the Dutch regressed to brutish, unfair play in a desperate attempt to win the World Cup against Del Bosque's Spanish team.
None of this is news or original thought. Nor is it what I meant to write; I have digressed to national team (world cup) conversations as opposed to the club team news where I started. To get back on point: Real Madrid suffered a blow in the recent derby in which they lost to Athletic Madrid, the traditional underdog of Madrid football. Rumours have it that the players are sick of the coach, the Portuguese Mourinho; and that by the end of the week (if not the end of the day), Mou will be gone.
This makes me sad because he is a good-looking man with very nice dress sense, and his dark and brooding manner with his endearing Portuguese accent when speaking Spanish always gives me a chuckle. The die hard fans will probably say, "good-riddance" whilst the silly fair-weather fans will pine for the Darcy of football. Oh, Mou.